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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Botched There is no such thing as Authentic Thai (103 comments)

There is a meme tied up with Thai food, that there is OneTrue way of doing it, and all other ways are wrong. All my life I've heard Thai food, good or bad, insulted by being called inauthentic. It's done by people all over the world, all you have to do is take a single trip to Thailand, or even meet someone who once went, and you too can be the judge of what is and what is not Authentic. I eat at restaurants with thai chefs, cooking thai recipes, that are delicious. If someone thinks that the ratio of lime to salt to sugar is off, or they did not cook the coconut milk until it cracked, or the lime leaves were added to early, great, you don't like the food. But say you don't like it, don't say it's Not Authentic, that's silly. If there were OneTrue way of cooking it, it might even make sense. But you seriously think you are going to go to Thailand and have every bowl of curry taste exactly the same?

about three weeks ago
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ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto

Botched Re:Someone finally got it right (178 comments)

See, that could be fun! And props to Guild Wars for trying something at least a little different.

online RPGs are in a rut right now, directly comparable to 70s american board games to the euro-boardgames of today. If there is one piece of advice I could give to every game developer, it would be to go over to boardgamegeek and see what the word 'game' means, vs dicefests and timesinks. It's the difference between Go and Monopoly, between 'Tigris and Euphrates' and Risk.

Now that I've gone way off topic... pah, my point is that it's a lot of work for little reward to change basic, working game mechanics that have been tried and true since EQ introduced them. If you are going to make radical, sweeping changes, what about

-auction off extreme powers weekly, with a week's durration.
-introduce more NPC action ala auction houses. Pay-for services. Set NPC bounty hunters after people you don't like. Hire goblin laywers and sue a player who ripped you off in-game.
-Build power sets ala magic the gathering card game, instead of talent trees.

more than 4 years ago
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ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto

Botched Re:Someone finally got it right (178 comments)

It is not happening in the game's I'm playing or have played, because monsters weak enough to be killed by mindless AE macroing give close to zero XP. Seriously, not worth setting up a macro, you would spend 2 weeks to go up a single level. I contest that that's completly false.

If you share XP equally without a party you can then mindless grind monsters that give you a signifant amount of XP. That's a huge difference. Seriously, pick a popular game and try leveling by AE grinding alone and see where it gets you.

Restricting XP from a single source- now you are making decisions for how someone can and can't level up, what about the people who want to grind? What's the number you have to kill before you have to pick some other monster? Am I going ot have to move once an hour, or if I'm a grinder am I going to have to start questing and give up that playstyle?

I don't get what a straight player is. All games have rules, all players are forced to follow them. If a game lets you do something, it is straight and part of the game. That includes using the best method of progressing in a game.

more than 4 years ago
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ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto

Botched Re:Someone finally got it right (178 comments)

Because of exploits.

Here's one, how do you deal with this: You have an area effect spell. You find a spot with a good spawn rate. You broadcast on zone chat "AE Farming -coods-" You stand there and spam your spell. Maybe go to sleep for the night, maybe wedge a coin into your keyboard under your fireball macro and watch a movie keeping an eye on the computer screen in case a GM accuses you of macroing.

some other people come along and do the same. AE spells overlap. Maybe someone is at their keyboard and nicely brings some monsters over into the AE. Whatever, some are gonna spawn. Everyone gets 100% xp. Sooner or later you have to move to the next zone and find the next spot to stand.

Bingo, one game change and you completly destroy all leveling content.

more than 4 years ago
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ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto

Botched Re:Someone finally got it right (178 comments)

Maybe, but it all comes down to implementation. The reasons that party, xp, and loot systems are as they are in many MMORPGs is that they are the lesser of 2 evils. On one hand you have someone being happier because their kill was not stollen. On the other hand, you have a boatload of exploits to deal with that make it much harder to balance encounters for fun/loot/xp.

If you have problems with kill stealing, you can also increase the spawn rate of monsters- fixed. Breaking the xp/loot system is a much more serious issue, and it will reduce the feeling of accomplishment you get from playing a game.

I'm eager to see what becomes of guild wars 2, but I have to admit, I bought GW1 and played it for one day. When I learned I could just start at level 20 and skip all that leveling stuff, I quit. I'm of the opinion that if you don't like leveling/gold/loot gathering in a game then don't pretend otherwise, leave it out completly!

That is what the mmorpg genera is really missing, and maybe what GW2 could be, a different form of progression/power accumilation.

more than 4 years ago
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EFF Assails YouTube For Removing "Downfall" Parodies

Botched Re:BBC already wrote good article on this (294 comments)

Is meme now a buzzword? Because I'm failing to see how this in any way qualifies as one.

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Not to be insulting (922 comments)

But to say every story is a rehash of another story is just silly. Here are some examples of original stories:

Blood Music - Greg Bear
A Fire Upon the Deep - Verner Vinge
Singularity - Charles Stross
Dragon's Egg - Robert Forward
Candle - John Barnes
Spin - Robert Wilson

And many more. To compare them to cowboys and smurfs in space is insulting.

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Re:Lords of Light (922 comments)

It also makes sense if you have intrest in and knowledge of religions. A better mash-up of hinduism, buddhism, and christianity has not been done, and it's facinating from that standpoint.

Though I'm biased, I want to see the amber series released as a five part movie (I can pass on the second 5 novels, I liked them but they drifted).

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Looks like a job for Sarcastro! (922 comments)

Yeah, sure, like I'm gonna act in your low-budget TV show.

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Re:Blakes 7 (922 comments)

umm, it is on DVD (I'm seeing non-US format, but that's easy to get around)

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Mike Resnick has the most ready-for-tv (922 comments)

Fiction out there. It's space opera, damned good space opera. The humor and flavor is in the characters, not the special effects budget. If you pick up Santiago, the Widowmaker series, hell, just about any of his books you could make a good episode from each chapter.

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Nice try Charles (922 comments)

We all know you post here!

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Re:against a dark background (922 comments)

Alastair Reynolds would get better ratings for far-future stuff. I'm not sure the TV community is ready for 'humans are pretty useless, but we keep them around for fun'.

more than 4 years ago
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What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Botched Re:Blakes 7 (922 comments)

Vila: "Where are all the good guys?" Blake: "You may be looking at them." Avon: "What a depressing thought." And the best ending a show could ask for!

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source FPS Blood Frontier Releases Beta 2

Botched Where is the game in FPS? (113 comments)

Ok, I hope not to be modded troll for this, but probably will be.

I have played a lot of FP shooters. The innovation from one generation to the next in terms of graphics and stability has been wonderful, brilliant, and lacking in magic.

What is missing, and what could make the next big FPS is gameplay. Anyone who wants to do it right needs to sit down, play with 3-5 friends some Renier Knizia board games
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/2/reiner-knizia
as an education is what gameplay could be, compared to what it is. Don't call me a crank if you have not played Modern Art, Tigris and Euphrates, and Through the Desert.

more than 4 years ago
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Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo

Botched Who thinks manned space flight is a good idea? (260 comments)

I mean seriously, dragging a person into orbit, life support systems, food, etc. Thats a major waste of time and effort. Want to invest, invest in the people who call BS and put unmanned, fairly smart computer-controlled ships in orbit for profit. The rest is just for tourists.

more than 4 years ago
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Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

Botched Re:First the Dune desaster, now this? (426 comments)

ooo, ooo, have you seen the dune TV series? Sooo good, I think they are on netflix. Many many hours, but very pleasing.

more than 4 years ago
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Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

Botched Re:Sigh (426 comments)

Clark? Arthur C Clark? The guy who was afraid of cars and traveled on a bicycle? And is most famous for being so stupid he could not define the difference between magic and technology? Not disagreeing with you about Asimov here, he was no Robert Forward.

more than 4 years ago

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